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Title: Challenges in occupational health towards the year 2000
Authors: Koh, D. 
Keywords: 21st century
Occupational health
Issue Date: 1997
Citation: Koh, D. (1997). Challenges in occupational health towards the year 2000. Work 8 (2) : 131-138. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In order to identify the relevant challenges in occupational health in the next century, changes in demographic profile and work activity must first be considered. Only then can the challenges be identified, and appropriate strategies be formulated to respond to these challenges. In a newly industrializing country such as Singapore, improved work conditions; the advent of new technology; a redistribution of work activity (with a reduction of factory workers and an increase in service sector workers); and an ageing workforce can be expected. These changes, together with a possible increase of some types of work related disorders (such as cumulative trauma disorders, and disorders resulting from psychosocial hazards); will determine the relevant occupational health challenges to be faced. Added to this would be society's higher expectations for health care, a humane and compassionate health care, and an improved quality of life. As a result, what is needed in Singapore might be (1) a shift in the focus of current health care activities to pay sufficient attention to new hazards at work, and newly emerging work related diseases, (2) improved training and development of health professionals to better prepare them to face these changes, and (3) a responsive and appropriate legislation to protect the health of all workers.
Source Title: Work
ISSN: 10519815
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